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NATIONAL PET FIRST AID AWARENESS MONTH

LET'S CELEBRATE!

Join us this month in celebrating "National Pet First Aid Awareness Month!


Have you ever been in a situation where one of your pet's has been injured at home? Scary, isn't it?  It's not easy to stay cool, calm and collected when one of your fur kids is injured.

What if you could take a class that would help you maintain composure and think more clearly so you could stabilize your pet and calmly, proficiently transport to the veterinarian?
Think of the empowerment you'd feel. Being able to do something, rather than nothing. Sounds good doesn't it?
Pet CPR and First Aid has become World wide recognized as a necessity for pet owners and pet services or businesses that work with other peoples animals.  Our pet's are much more than just animals in our homes, they are FAMILY.




If you are interested in joining me,Vetek Chic On Wheels, for my next Pet CPR and First Aid Class on April 24th at 9 am, please feel free to use the Pay Pal Button below. Remember that there are two classes, one is 5 hours and the other is 8 hours. The Senior pet and Dental is included only in the 8 hour class. Once registered I will email you details. Thank you!

Pet Saver 8 hour class


Take a look here for more information on National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. It is sponsored by American Red Cross. Please also keep in mind that they NO LONGER have pet CPR and First Aid Classes in Arizona!
http://www.redcross.org/news/article/April-Is-Pet-First-Aid-Awareness-Month

READ MORE........................... the following page is more information on pet first aid.





What is Pet First Aid?



Pet First Aid is the immediate care given to a pet that has been injured or suddenly taken ill.

This includes home care and veterinary help if necessary.

It is estimated that up to 60 percent of animal hospital visits are emergency In nature.

Knowing the skills of Pet First Aid can mean the difference between life and death, temporary and permanent disability, expensive vet bills and reasonable home care and rapid recovery or long recuperation for your pet.

Statistics show that preventable accidents are the leading cause of death among pre-senior dogs.

The more you know about your pet’s health the better chance you have of keeping a simple problem from becoming a big problem.

What other things need to be included in your pet’s care other than learning pet first aid?

· Human/animal bond

· Knowing your pet’s health

· Exercise

· Proper nutrition

· Supplementation

Knowing what “Normal” is for your pet will allow you to also know what is “NOT Normal”

Knowing your pet’s health and tracking its health information is of the utmost importance and could potentially prevent serious issues by aiding early recognition and early preparation.

If you don’t know the normal and healthy pet Assessment you may be missing important changes going on with your pet. Animals hide their illness well. It is survival instincts that even today’s domesticated animals still have! If your pet is hiding its illness or health changes it may be too late by the time you realize something is going on. Often by the time an animal stops eating/drinking, urinating or defecating, it’s been sick for a long time. If you are trained to know the health areas of your pet it could mean the difference between his life and death.

Working in a Veterinary Clinic for 20 years has given me insight to how many pet owners’ react to injuries or illness at home with their own pets. Many react on instinct and simply do not know what to do other than stand by and panic or cry. Often by the time they reach the veterinary clinic it is too late. If not too late, then often too expensive for them for treatments needed because of delayed action.

This is a common scenario because pet owners are not typically trained or educated to know what to do. Today thanks to Pet Tech International, there are Certified CPR and First Aid Instructors that offer classes to educate people on what to do at home in the event of an emergency or injury with their pet. I would personally love to see everyone I know who owns pets or works with other peoples pets, participate in this class.

Let me ask you a couple of questions. If you can’t answer them, you are high on my list for getting some education in Pet First Aid.

1. If you walk into a room and find your dog or cat choking, do you know what to do? How long do you think before your pet’s airway is completely cut off and they end up unconscious? Once that happens, how long before they die from the lack of air. Is the Vet trip to far? Will they still be alive?

2. If your pet falls into your swimming pool do you know what to do if you find them? Are you prepared to do CPR and Rescue Breathing? What if his paws are bleeding because he was struggling to get out? That’s a priority right? Blood is bad, right? Or is the body temperature from being in the pool more important? Which one do I focus on first?

3. Do you know where to find your pet’s pulse to see if they have a heartbeat? Do you know anatomically where you are assured every time to feel a pulse if they do have a heartbeat?

4. Does a blue or black tongue always indicate that it is too late for your pet to be revived?

5. If your pet falls out the back of a truck or out your second story window, what do you do first? Is it breathing? Does he have a heartbeat? Are there broken bones? Have you ever tried to move an animal with multiple fractures? They are quite painful! Are you doing more damage than good? Have you just created a new set of problems?

6. Did you know that even the most docile and trustworthy pet will bite if they are in pain? How will you restrain and transport when you are in fear of being bitten yourself?

7. If your pet gets bit by a snake what is the most important life saving action you need to be prepared to take? Does your vet carry life saving Anti-Venom? Think it will never happen to your pet? Think again, 8 snakebites with clients who thought the exact same thing, entered our clinic in the past 2 years. Only 3 could be saved.

8. When you come home only to find that one of your pet’s has just eaten an entire prescription bottle of your allergy medication, do you know what the signs are so you can tell which pet ingested them? Which drugs are toxic, which are harmful and deadly?

9. Vomiting and diarrhea….. When to really be concerned. One day? Two days? How about the different affects it may have on cats’ vs. dogs? Why is vomiting and diarrhea really a health concern?

10. Out walking your dog and another dog comes out of nowhere and tries to attack your dog. How to keep yourself safe, your pet, and how to scare off the other dog.

11. Your old dog has a tumor that has grown quickly in the last week. Should you be concerned or do all dogs with old dog lumps have this problem? When to take them to the vet.

12. Your dog just had a seizure for the first time. Do you try to restrain him to help stop the seizure? Do you grab him in the middle of it and try to get him to the car for the vet trip? How long will it last? Will it ever end? What is normal? Is he dying?

13. Your dog or cat is not eating well anymore. Pawing at the mouth, rubbing his face on the carpet. What could be wrong?

14. My kitten just bit an electrical cord! What are the dangers? What if kitty looks okay now? Will there be affects in hours to come? What to look for.

15. What do you do if your pet just got stung by a bee, or heaven’s forbid, a swarm of bees? What happens? How do you care for the symptoms? Do you need to go to the vet?

16. Oh my gosh! The morning was so busy and you realize you’ve left your dog outside in 100 degree weather. Will it be okay? It has shade and a pool to drink from. That should be good enough, right???

17. I just found a cat in our shed! It’s 100 degrees outside and he looks to be quite ill. What do I do? How long has this cat been locked in the hot shed? It’s not my cat, I don’t want the vet expense, is there something I can do here at home to help it?

18. My old dog is urinating in her sleep. Is that normal for an older pet or is there something wrong? I don’t really want to spend the money at the vet just for them to tell me it’s normal so I will just wait and see. When to be concerned…..

19. When is my cat or dog middle aged? Do I need to adjust food, exercise habits, supplements?

20. My cat is just lying around today. She will hardly move. She is old though so it’s probably normal, right? Do you know what a normal temperature for a dog or cat is? What do you do if it is low, or too high? What are some of the indications of a low or high temperature?

21. A just saw a dog get hit by a car! I want to help but I don’t know what to do!

22. My cat just ate a shoelace! He’ll just poop it out, right?

23. My new puppy just vomited 5 times. He was fine yesterday! What do you think is wrong?

24. My dog just cut his paw on a large piece of glass while at the Bark Park this evening. It is bleeding profusely but my vet is closed. What do I do? Where do I go? Will he bleed to death?

25. I just cut my dog’s ear trying to shave out a matt. Will it stop bleeding? Can I bandage it? How do I bandage an ear?

Okay, I’m sure you get the idea by now. Anyway, these are just a handful of things that happen to clients we see all of the time. Mostly they do NOT seek Veterinary care until it’s much too late. Mostly because they don’t know if they even need to see a vet and secondly because they simply didn’t know what to do at home first so they just wait and see. That typically costs them in the long run.

These are just some of the things you learn when you participate in a Pet CPR and First Aid class.

There are so many things that pet’s can get into. It is important as pet owners to understand what they can and can’t do at home. I encourage all pet owners to take a Pet CPR and First Aid class at some point.

You won’t regret the decision.

Thank you!

For more information please go to Kim’s PET CPR and First Aid Blog at http://www.kimscpr.blogspot.com/.

There you will find a link to a class schedule. Also feel free to email me at vetekchic@gmail.com.



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